This is an attempt to create an impressionistic look. I was hoping that it would be stunning as I wanted it to be the centerpiece of this one-layer card for the One Layer Wednesday challenge: green, pink and never seen ink. The flower stamp is from Garden Silhouettes which is an older stamp, but I just picked up a used set. I guess that means the stamp has seen ink!!?? Oh well, it hasn't seen MY ink!
This technique is a two-step process. First...mist your paper with water and then stamp on the wet paper. The ink will spread.
Then, when the paper is completely dry, stamp again to get the clearer image.
That's the basics...now I will send you to the two blogs of people who actually make this work!
Julie's Stamping Spot: Julie uses this technique on Stampin' Up Whisper White paper and then she slightly offsets the top image so it looks like a shadow. But I simply could not make this work. If I just misted a couple of times, the ink didn't spread. If I misted enough to make the ink spread, the paper started to fall apart. I absolutely love her work - I just can't replicate it.
The Diva Stamper: Lori does it on watercolor paper and just gets a faint halo of color. Gorgeous!
Stamping with Monique: Monica was the first commenter on this post so I have edited my post to add her link as she has a beautiful card and great advice. She talks about letting the water soak into the watercolor paper and then patting off the excess. I didn't soak it that much - so maybe that's where I went wrong!?
If anybody tries this and has success - please let me know how to do it!!
- Stamps: Stampin' Up Garden Silhouettes, Thank You Kindly
- Ink: Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride markers
- Paper: watercolor paper
- Accessories: water mister